Character actor Anthony James, known for playing a whole host of creepy roles throughout his career, has passed away from cancer. He was 77 years old.
James’s career as an actor began with an appearance on the television show “T.H.E. Cat” in 1966 opposite Robert Loggia. The following year, he found himself in the Academy Award nominated In the Heat of the Night opposite Sidney Poitier. He would continue acting until 1992, when he appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.
James had a knack for playing dark, morally grey characters, and horror fans will no doubt remember him in 1976’s Burnt Offerings. Though he appears only briefly in the film as a chauffeur, there was something undeniably menacing in the way he simply stood still or moved that crept under the skin of viewers and left a lasting impression.
He would play a similar though larger role two years later in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain opposite Bette Davis.
James retired from acting in 1992 and focused on his art and his writing. His paintings were exhibited in major galleries across the country, and he published both poetry and a memoir titled Acting My Face in 2014.
iHorror sends our condolences to the family and friends of Anthony James.
‘Cloverfield’ Film Finds a Director To Helm Next Entry
We have seen an incredible three Cloverfield-based films so far. The latest being Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. The latest in the series also managed to lose steam for the secretive franchise. It went too far into the explanation of secrets that we had seen in the first two films. Once the wizard is discovered behind the curtain the game loses its momentum and fun. The upcoming Cloverfield film has found its director from Under the Shadow’s Babak Anvari.
The director’s Under the Shadow was a great piece of horror. It was entirely effective in its scares and story.
There is no word on where the fourth Cloverfield film will take audiences. But, that is for the best. These films have always been shrouded in secrecy and that is what has made them fun. Well… the first two films anyway.
The synopsis for Cloverfield went like this:
As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
We are happy to see that Anvari is going to helm this entry. We can’t wait to see what he brings to the franchise and to see what direction this entry takes.
What has been your favorite Cloverfield chapter?
‘The Winchesters’ Trailer Effectively Adds Another Chapter to ‘Supernatural’
If you thought that Supernatural was over after its very long and successful run, think again. The Winchesters takes us back into the world of Supernatural in a prequel. The series will go way back to tell the story of John and Mary who are the very reason that we have Sam and Dean.
The first trailer for the new series is looking particularly great and effectively adding to Supernatural lore.
The synopsis for The Winchesters goes like this:
Before Sam and Dean, there was John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester, this is the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary, and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world..
The Winchesters premieres on October 7 via CW.
Netflix’s ‘Dahmer’ Already in The Number One Spot
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story only just arrived on Netflix earlier this week and it has already managed to move to Netflix’s number one spot. The 10-episode nightmare goes into nightmarish details of the Milwaukee Monster. In fact, the details that the series dives into have caused a backlash among some viewers. There has been an outcry by some viewers that beg audiences not to romanticize the Dahmer just because Evan Peters is playing him.
The new series has a score of 91 on Rotten Tomatoes and that score doesn’t appear to be going down anytime soon.
The synopsis for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story goes like this:
Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely took the lives of seventeen innocent victims. DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now streaming on Netflix.
Have you watched yet?